She was given a small part in the film Abboud Alal Hodood (Abboud on the Borders), directed by Sharif Arafeh. Arafeh then cast her as a school-teacher in Al Nazer (Headmaster).
She moved to comedy theatre, and to straight drama. In the play Hakim Uyoon (Ophthalmologist) she was cast as a young wife suffering from a negligent husband. Her family were quite accepting of her new self.
Hanan died at age 38, possibly from suicide. She had been frequently mocked and harassed, and took it badly.
- “Transsexual Actress Hanan Tawil Breaks Taboos, Finds Happiness” Albawaba Entertainment, June11th, 2001. www.albawaba.com/entertainment/transsexual-actress-hanan-tawil-breaks-taboos-finds-happiness.
- Mona Bakr. “What You Probably Didn’t Know About Miss Ensherah from ‘El Nazer’”. ScoopEmpire, October 22, 2016. http://scoopempire.com/probably-didnt-know-miss-ensherah-el-nazer.
- Nadine Mazioum. “These trans Arab women challenge social norms in a big way”. StepFeed, 2017-02-19. http://stepfeed.com/these-trans-arab-women-challenge-social-norms-in-a-big-way-1541
El Cinema IMDB
IMDB often becomes quite deficient, the further that it moves from Hollywood. It lists only one film for Hanan: I Want my Right, 2003. El Cinema list 6 films.